How Mexico is forcing teams to innovate

How Mexico is forcing teams to innovate

Altitude, thin air, long straights, varied corners and very low grip are making the revamped Mexico City a huge technical challenge for Formula 1 teams. CRAIG SCARBOROUGH explains how they are adapting

The Hermann Tilke-reworked Mexico City circuit's high altitude, long straight and low-grip surface have forced Formula 1 teams to focus not on bringing upgrades this weekend, but on adapting their cars to a circuit with unusual and challenging requirements.

At 2240 metres above sea level, the air is thinner than at any other race, which affects engine power, cooling and downforce.

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